A Swiss coin that has been in circulation since 1879 has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, according to the website of the Swiss Mint on Tuesday, April 13.
It is noted that all coins created at that time remain fully valid and are legal tender.
“In use unchanged for more than 140 years, the 10 centime coin has been honored by the Guinness Book of World Records with the title of ‘the oldest coin in the world still in circulation,'” the report said.
Last year’s gold commemorative quarter franc coin dedicated to the scientist Albert Einstein was also included in the book. With a diameter of 2.96 mm and a weight of 0.063 g, it became the smallest coin in the world.
In March it was reported that a museum in Syria was given a collection of 37 coins from the Byzantine and Islamic periods, which were seized when they tried to smuggle them abroad.
According to experts, the confiscated coins belong to periods XII-XIII or IX-XII centuries. Their obverses and reverses are decorated with portraits of Byzantine emperors, as well as inscriptions in Latin.